In times when someone defending human rights cannot give voice in America, once again is proved US Hollywoodian democracy
by Edu Montesanti, on Nolan Chart (US), April 23, 2011
Scorned by Hollywood, discriminated by the Westerner Media. Arabs are historically subdued by the great powers, and since the Cold War ended, US is desperately searching for new enemies to enrich his military power and spread dominance all around the world. America has succesfully and many times Hollywoodianly found them: terrorist Arabs. In the West, such a noun is synonym for Muslim, wich directly means "terrorist" to our mind - or at least a potentially one, a sad and unjust common sense among us long before Bush the son and his Good against Evil War silly talk, in the Middle East.
It is not fundamentally necesssary that WikiLeaks have recently revealed the CIA cable questionig "What if foreigners see the US as an exporter of terrorism?", concerned about the fact thet the country historically produces terrorists, for us to look at ourselves in the mirror:
On February 6, WikiLeaks released a US Embassy cable (fifth document, original) in which the Ambassadress in Brazil, Ms. Lisa Kubiske, pressed Brazilian government and corrupted the local Media not vote in the UN a resolution to punish religious defamation. This is the great and objective evidence of the subjective, subtile movie we watch for a long time, an evidence that only a blind cannot see (the worst blind are those who do not want to see): If a Palestinian child throw a stone against an Israeli war tank, is summarily charged of a terrorist, while this same tank attacks children, women, hopitals, schools and civilian targets in general, according to the Westerner Media in gerenral "it is just defending the State and her sound principles".
On March 1, nine Afghan boys (some of them at the age of 9) collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents. “We are deeply sorry for this tragedy and apologize to the members of the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and, most importantly, the surviving family members of those killed by our actions,” the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus said. “These deaths should have never happened". Meanwhile, Afghans, of course, protested against our "Christian and bloody old mission" in their land shouting, “death, death to America!” and “Death to Obama and his colleagues and associates!” (The New York Times).
As Petraus apology is considered the most sublime pattern of Christian humbleness, the Afghan protesters are considered by us Muslim terrorists, war men who do not know to forgive others. But the festival of hypocrisy, and evidence of searching for power hidding behind religion and democracy, have not finished there.
Malalaï Joya has been described as the bravest woman in Afghanistan. She was expelled from the Loya Jirga in 2003 for denouncing face to face warlords in the place, drug smugglers, and later in 2005 expelled from her office in the Parliament for the same reason. Nowadays, after five assassination attempts against her in Afghanistan, she lives undergrond and only travels in the country by taxi hidden in a burqa, surrounded by 12 bodyguards strongly armed (see photo). Joya, rewarded all over the world, especially in Europe, has no job but lives under international support, and recently wrote her biography A Woman among Warlords.
Invited for a US tour to tell about her book in March, US Embassy in Afghanistan denied to Joya a visa entry in the country, apparently because she is unemployed and lives underground, our lords of democracy told her. Not satisfied, they even told her more: “We know very well who you are,” said an embassy official.
After worldwide protests by e-mails and calls to US politicians, Joya finally got her visa, and her three-week-tour in the US was really noisy despite of the big Media omission: she granted several interviews, among them one to the Uprising radio and another to The Harvard International Review, met MIT Professor Noam Chomsky for a discussion on Afghan-US policy at Memorial Church, and joined a rally in San Francisco.
It is worth mentioning some of her statements and reports on her, during her days in the country, filling the gap of the fat Media:
She [Joya] talked briefly about how the CIA benefits from the opium trade in her country. Although she is no friend of the Taliban, she acknowledges that during their government opium production in Afghanistan was almost 0% of the world supply, and, since the CIA, with the help of the opium warlords, has taken over the government, production is over 93% of the world supply.
The serious question for the American people is who benefits from this opium trade? How far up the chain do the payoffs go? If the CIA gets paid off, does that mean Leon Panetta gets paid off? Does that mean Obama gets paid off? And how is that in our national interest? (The Rag Blog).
“The United States invaded my country under the banner of women's rights, human rights and democracy, but today we are as far from those goals as we were in 2001. They keep the situation lawless and unsafe to have an excuse to stay on in Afghanistan for their own interests."
"The Afghan people are squashed between three enemies: the Taliban, warlords, and occupation forces”.
“The reason they refused to give me a visa, I think, is because I exposed the wrong policies of your government, and I talk about the reality of the so-called 'war on terror,' and I talk about the war crimes your government is committing in the name of the American people,” said Joya. “These are the reasons they are afraid of me and do not let me enter the U.S” (Memorial Church).
"It is an open secret today that the US is the god-father of Islamic fundamentalism in the region. All terrorist fundamentalist groups from Al-Qaeda to the Taliban and our warlords of the Northern Alliance were created, funded, and nourished by the CIA during the cold war. The green belt of extremism and Jihad concept, which was funded and implemented by the CIA through ISI of Pakistan, has caused all of the current problems, and the US still needs these groups to advance its long-term war agenda in the region."
"(...) Under the beautiful banners of democracy, women's rights, and human rights, the US supports the misogynist warlords."
"The US government imposed on my people a cartoon of democracy with bloody hands. That's why today Afghanistan is like a hell. When Obama took office, unfortunately the first news for my people was more conflict because he surged the troops' level, which brought more massacres, more violence, more miseries, and more tragedies. And now Obama's administration has invaded Libya under the same banner of human rights. For my people, Obama is as dangerous as Bush. He has proven himself a warmonger by his support of his warlords. Through them, the occupiers have pushed my country into the dark ages" (The Harvard International Review).
Democracy, freedom and much work made the US great, today a decaying land exactly because has betrayed his fundaments copying Hollywood fictions to his democracy and violence, at home and aborad, at the same time that gives to the cinema industry the license for entertaining us from reality. The US permitted himself to be corrupted by power.
Irony of the fate: an Afghan woman claiming for human rights and end of a war, is forbidden to give her voice in the democracy cradle. When she gets to enter the US, finds no echoes in the local Media while exposing so very important points. Anyone who wants to be free, has to give freedom, but for a long time the US democracy is stained with blood running serious risk, or even the country has not lived it effectively as mercilessly marks and massacres innocents in other parts of the globe in the name of religion, power, oil, and dollar. Until when will we deceive ourselves? I do not say "amen" to it.
PS: Do you sincerely feel yourself represented by the called representative democracy, do you feel yourself a common part of governments, or feel like people are a separated thing, apart from governors? Do you think Guantánamo prisons and tortures, "War on Terror", bailouts, US ambassadors spying and corruption all over the world revealed by WikiLeaks, are doing for you, are these things your will, the will of the people?